Since I’ve had it, my Roku 2XS has generally been very stable; I can use it for hours a day watching Netflix, in high definition, without any problems. For the last ten days, however, it’s been nothing but trouble, Netflix support has been useless, and I’ve had to resort to spending the evening watching old… Read More Netflix on Roku – is it hanging for you?
I must admit I’m a little late to the party on this, but I don’t recall seeing much fanfare at the time. In fact, I suspect a lot of people probably won’t even be really aware of what it was, let alone that it closed down at the end of October. Back when it started,… Read More Farewell TopUpTV
Around about a year ago, I wrote a piece over on The Register looking at the state of play with ‘Over the top’ video services – that’s those that provide an IP service; in the UK these are found on a variety of platforms, including smart TVs, YouView and the Roku box. Back then, Sky’s… Read More Sky Store – or Acetrax revisited?
IPTV service Acetrax – one of the first to appear on smart TV sets from the likes of Panasonic – is to wind down across all the territories in which it operates. Unlike LoveFilm, Netflix and Sky’s NowTV, Acetrax was a pay as you go service, so users could dip in and out as little… Read More Farewell Acetrax
My article on this has just been published over on The Register. I hope it’s an interesting read. One nugget I’d like to pull out of it is regarding Acetrax, the pay per view service found on quite a few smart TV sets. The Acetrax website proudly proclaims them to be an “independent pan-European VOD… Read More IPTV in the UK, one year after Netflix, and what Now for Acetrax
I’ve recently done a roundup of smart TVs for ComputerActive (the 8th November issue, no 384) together with an article explaining to CA readers what ‘smart’ sets can do for you. In the course of my testing, I actually became pretty disenchanted with some of the interfaces, as I’ve mentioned in another recent post here.… Read More Smart TVs – why are they so awful to use?
I’ve just been reviewing smart TV sets for Computeractive – the results will be in Issue 384, on sale on 8th November. There are some clever things out there; Samsung and LG, for instance, are both experimenting with ways of going beyond the traditional remote control. And whatever you think of their current efforts, at… Read More What’s smart about Smart TV?